Deinbollia fanshawei Exell

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Status: Native
Shrublet up to 30 cm. in height; branchlets densely appressed-pubescent to tomentose, glabrescent. Leaves up to 15 cm. long; petiole up to 5 cm. long, nearly glabrous, narrowly winged; leaflets 2–4-jugate, sessile or subsessile; rhachis with wings up to 2 mm. broad; leaflet-lamina up to 9 × 2·5 cm., oblong-elliptic to narrowly oblong-elliptic, chartaceous to subcoriaceous, nearly glabrous, apex blunt to acute and often mucronate, margin entire, base cuneate; lateral nerves 9–11 pairs, rather prominent below. Inflorescence 2–4 cm. long, terminal or leaf-opposed; rhachis tomentose. Flowers white; pedicels 1·5 mm. long, glabrous; flower-buds nearly glabrous. Sepals 5, 4·5 × 4 mm., subcircular, minutely ciliate, otherwise glabrous. Petals 5, 4·5 × 3 mm., rhombic, pilose on the margin. Stamens with filaments c. 2·5 mm. long (perhaps immature), pilose. Ovary (in an apparently hermaphrodite flower) 3-lobed, one lobe containing an apparently well-developed ovule, glabrous; pistillode 3-lobed in male flowers. Fruit with 1–2 cocci developing; cocci c. 10 mm. in diam., subglobose, glabrous. Ripe seed not seen.
From FZ, Vol 2, Part 2, page 494, (1966) Author: A. W. Exell
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Notes: Apparently smaller than any other known species of Deinhollia and differing from the other species in our area by the glabrous ovary, fruit and pedicel. The glabrous pedicel is articulated to a tomentose branch of the rhachis and the fruit later breaks off at this point with the pedicel attached to it as a short stipe. Very few mature flowers were available for examination: one of these seemed to have a well-developed ovule in one of the ovary-lobes although the stamens were also well developed. (Source JSTOR)
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Habitat: Kalahari Sand woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Known only from Barotseland
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 523 - 525.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Deinbollia fanshawei., retrieved 30 November 2023

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